A lawyer by training and a techie by inclination, Beth Noveck works to build data transparency into government.
How can our data strengthen our democracies? In her work, Beth Noveck explores what "opengov" really means--not just freeing data from databases, but creating meaningful ways for citizens to collaborate with their governments.
As the US's first Deputy CTO, Beth Noveck founded the White House Open Government Initiative, which developed administration policy on transparency, participation, and collaboration. Among other projects, she designed and built Peer-to-Patent, the U.S. government’s first expert network. She's now working on the design for ORGPedia, a platform for mashing up and visualizing public and crowdsourced data about corporations. Her book The Networked State will appear in 2013.
Must-read: Noveck's 2012 essay Open Data -- The Democratic Imperative.
“We live not in a passive society, a read-only society, but in a writable society.”
“The next great superpower is going to be the one who can successfully combine the hierarchy of institution … with the diversity and the pulsating life and the chaos and the excitement of networks.”
“Voting once every four years ... is a rather anemic and thin way, in this era of social media, for us to actually express our values.”